“I’ve Never Seen a Smiling Face that Was Not Beautiful”

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Somebody once said that every smile makes you a day younger. At Paragon Dental, our purpose in life is to make you smile, which is why we believe that dentistry should be a warm, comfortable and yes – enjoyable – experience. Nobody should live a life where they’re too afraid to smile – nobody should feel too ashamed of their one feature that brings so many people joy – and nobody should be too afraid to go after that beautiful, sparkling symbol of youth. At Paragon Dental, we make it easy for you to achieve the smile that you’ve always wanted. Our team does everything possible to help you feel comfortable and relaxed—including educating you on what’s to be done and walking you through your entire procedure—because we understand how important a beautiful smile is, and we don’t want anyone feeling too uncomfortable – too anxious – or too afraid …

Dental Implants: The Better Tooth Replacement Option?

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At Paragon Dental, Inc., we believe in helping our patients achieve a strong, healthy smile so that they can live comfortably, and without the pain of tooth decay, the inconvenience of dentures, or the embarrassment of an unattractive smile. For many of our patients, that smile often comes in the form of dental implants. What Are Dental Implants? In a nutshell, dental implants are a safe alternative to crowns, dental bridges or dentures. They’re a tooth replacement, but are favored above all other options, because they look and feel just like your natural teeth. This is due to the fact that they don’t just sit on your exposed gum line, as dentures do, but rather, they “anchor” into the jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth root. Better yet, the jawbone and titanium root (for that’s what the artificial root is made of) go through a process called …

The Dangers of a Dental Abscess and How to Prevent Them

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A dental abscess, or tooth abscess, is an accumulation of pus that gathers inside the teeth or gums. They occur when proper oral hygiene is neglected, and when plaque is allowed to accumulate inside the tooth or gums. This results in a bacterial infection, often one that has accumulated in the soft pulp of the teeth. While a fairly common occurrence, left untreated, a tooth abscess can be extremely dangerous, and even life threatening. In 2007, one 12 year old boy in Maryland died because the infection caused by a tooth abscess spread to his brain. While his case in particular drew widespread media attention, studies show that deaths from these preventable infections aren’t as uncommon as we once thought. The number of Americans hospitalized because of tooth abscesses is on the rise, and likewise, so are the number of deaths. According to the statistics, the number of people hospitalized …

Sleeping With Dentures May Cause Pneumonia in Elderly Patients

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When you made the decision to get dentures, you did so with one thing in mind: having a whole, healthy smile again. And they’ve been able to provide that for you, to an extent. However, what you didn’t count on was the maintenance they would require. And oh boy, do dentures require a lot of maintenance! You have to brush them in a special way, use a special paste, take them out when eating certain meals, place them in just-the-right-temperature water, have them refit, etc., etc., etc… Unfortunately, dentures are difficult to care for, but at Paragon Dental, we do our best to try and educate you on everything you need to know to make your dentures last. Including keeping you up to date on all of the latest research behind the replacement tooth option. Just recently, we read an article that outlined the dangers of falling asleep with your …

We May Be Your Dentists, But We’re Anything But Boring

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At Paragon Dental, we believe that while good oral health should be taken seriously, there’s no reason it can’t be fun too! Okay, maybe dentistry won’t ever be considered “fun” by any patient’s standards, but our friendly and lighthearted team sure does their best to make sure your first visit is comfortable, relaxing and yes, even enjoyable. At Paragon Dental, we’re all skilled, highly qualified, educated and well trained professionals—who know how to make people feel at home in a notoriously nerve-wracking environment. We know that dentistry is scary for some – an inconvenience for others – and just a necessity for most, but that doesn’t mean we don’t try our best to make your experience one to remember. By treating you with the same level of respect and hospitality you’d extend in your own home, you’ll forget you’re there to have your teeth worked on at all, and instead, …

Not Just Another Post About The Effects of Smoking On Your Health…

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You already know that smoking is bad for your health – we won’t insult you by reiterating the point again. However, we hope that if we can appeal to your vanities, quitting may be more appealing to you… Here are a few unattractive qualities that we tend to see in most of our smoking patients:      Discolored teeth      Bad breath      Increased buildup of plaque and tartar      Increased bone loss      Increased risk of tooth loss      Lower success rate of dental implants once all those teeth fall out But if cosmetics aren’t that big of a deal for you, think about these not so pleasant side effects of your habit:      Inflammation of the salivary glands, causing openings in the roof of the mouth      Increased risk of leukoplakia, or white patches in the mouth (both aesthetically concerning and a health hazard)      Increased risk of gum disease (the leading cause of tooth loss)      Delayed healing …

How to Prevent Oral Cancer in 4 Easy Steps

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Oral cancer is a rapidly spreading disease in the U.S., with close to 37,000 Americans being diagnosed annually. The thing about this disease though is that it can be so easily prevented. In fact, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), 63% of all cases can be prevented each year! That’s 22,000 cases! So, what needs to be done to reduce the number of those afflicted? Educate the masses. It’s really that simple. There are four things people can do to avoid contracting this deadly disease. They are:    Avoid chewing or smoking tobacco. It’s no secret that tobacco is the leading cause of lung, oral, larynx, stomach, uterus, cervix, colon, ovary and many other types of cancers. Combine tobacco with alcohol use (which many do) and you have created a killer duo…literally.    Limit alcohol intake. Believe it or not, but alcohol is also another huge culprit of oral …

Nightmares About Tooth Loss? They Aren’t Coming Out of Nowhere

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“I bit into an apple, and one tooth cracked. When I took the apple out of my mouth, all my other teeth started crumbling, until my mouth looked like something out of a Steven King novel.” “I was sucking on a jaw breaker – not even biting into it! – and it hit my back tooth. That tooth cracked, and next thing I know, it was hanging on by a thread.” “I bit into a piece of steak, and with the hunk of meat torn off came my tooth. Everyday, I lost just one more tooth, until I didn’t have any left.” All of these are NOT real scenarios, but they are dreams about tooth loss told to me by a few acquaintances. Tooth loss dreams are not uncommon, especially as we get older and start caring more and more about our smiles. They’re kind of like those dreams we …

Are Your Teeth “So Bad?”

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It is said that your smile is your most valuable non-monetary asset. So, if you’re smile is not its best, you may feel embarrassed or annoyed. If you are feeling self conscious and hiding your smile, it can even affect outcomes in your life. If you are feeling constrained, you may not smile as much, and others may perceive you as unfriendly, when that’s not your intent at all. It is not uncommon for patients to feel a bit insecure when they first come visit me. They think their teeth are “bad” or “ugly”. Maybe they haven’t cared for their teeth over the years like they should have. Rest assured you are not alone. Believe me, when it comes to oral health, I’ve already seen it all! There are others with teeth like yours and probably worse. I am not here to judge you; I’m here to help you. I …

The Window to a Great Smile Never Closes

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It’s never too late to get the smile you’ve always wanted. At Paragon Dental, we strive to help our patients gain confidence with our excellent service and care. If you’ve gone through most of your life feeling embarrassed or insecure due to dental problems, I’m here to tell you that the window has not closed. We offer a wide variety of dental procedures so that no matter what you need, we will provide you with a beautiful smile. Just to mention a few of our more popular treatments: Bonding – If you’ve spent your life with cracks or gaps in your teeth, bonding is a wonderful way to achieve a natural, safe and attractive solution. By simply molding and sculpting adhesive gel to the tooth or teeth, you have a polished, brand new look. Implants – Gone are the days of removable dentures. If you’re missing teeth, dental implants are …